Kuhnau, Johann: Complete Sacred Works Vol. 5 - Opella Musica

Kuhnau, Johann: Complete Sacred Works Vol. 5 - Opella Musica

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Complete Kuhnau Cantatas Vol. 5
The five works brought together on our complete recording of Johann
Kuhnau’s cantatas once again cover a wide spectrum of forms. Presumably,
these works as a whole date from the first half of his tenure as music
director at St. Thomas in Leipzig – presumably, because once again most of
them have been transmitted only in secondary sources, which means that the
dating process depends solely on stylistic criteria. Above all the
concluding psalm concerto, »Singet dem Herr ein neues Lied,« is one of the
most impressive examples of the outstanding artistry of the St. Thomas
music director Kuhnau. The opulent instrumental ensemble with two trumpets,
timpani, and five-part strings offers a tonally magnificent setting of
Psalm 98. Here the individual instrumental and vocal groups engage in
vigorous interplay in almost all the sections, thereby perfectly staging
the jubilating, singing, and music-making to the glory of God as celebrated
in the text. Throughout these works Kuhnau holds in store polyphonic feats,
great challenges for the virtuosic talent of his musicians, and highly
effective tonal blends and echo effects. Once again the Opella Musica
ensemble of soloists founded by Gregor Meyer in 2011 and the historically
oriented Camerata Lipsiensis perform the cantatas on the basis of the
recently published musicological critical edition.